How many Christmases will you sacrifice

When you are struggling with depression, all occasions that should be “happy” can be incredibly difficult – because you may not feel as though you are fully able to join in with the festivities, or even look forward to them. Christmas can be particularly tough, as you may have a lot of happy memories of the way it made you feel when you were younger, and you might therefore struggle with the fact that you don’t feel the same now. With this being the case, it is important that if you do struggle with depression, you try to address it and get help. Admitting that you need help is the first step to getting better, and being able to enjoy your life again.

See a doctor

The first thing that you should do is see your doctor because, unless there is a very specific and short term reason that you are feeling low that you can pinpoint, depression is a medical condition caused by the biochemistry of your brain. Your doctor will ask about what you are going through, and you should be as honest as possible, as they will tell you whether they think you need treatment, and what that treatment should be.

Accept counselling if offered

Sometimes, your doctor will give you medication or counselling, and sometimes they will offer both. You don’t have to accept anything if you don’t want to, however you may be surprised at just how helpful it can be to talk about what you’re going through, even though you might feel like doing anything but. A counsellor can help you work through your thoughts, and attempt to help you view situations differently – which can contribute to depression recovery.

Try to improve your lifestyle

When you’re suffering with depression, it can be easy to get into a rut with regards to diet and exercise. However, this can make the problem worse, and many people have found that simply changing the way that they live can lift their mood more than they thought possible. Of course, motivation can be an issue, so you may need to make these changes alongside prescribed medication, which can help to lift the depression at least a little, to allow you the glimmer of motivation that you need in order to make the small changes that will make a big difference.

Don’t get ahead of yourself

Recovery from depression is not a linear process, and you may find that you have ups and downs along the way. It is also not an instant fix, and it may take months, if not more, before you are even able to notice a difference from the treatments and the changes that you have made to your lifestyle. However, once you have found a treatment that suits you, there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel, and this means that you will soon be able to start looking forward to happy occasions again, knowing that you will be able to be in the middle of it, rather than looking in from the outside.